Mothers of Kids With Severe Birth Defects May Have Shorter Lives: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mother raising a child with a major birth defect may face a higher risk of dying early compared with a mother whose child doesn't have a birth defect, Danish research suggests.

Routine Testing for Genital Herpes of Little Benefit: U.S. Experts

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Routine blood test screening for genital herpes is not recommended for teens and adults -- including pregnant women -- who don't have any signs or symptoms of the sexually transmitted disease (STD), a panel of U.S. health care experts says.

Pregnancy May Spur 'Mothering' Changes in a Woman's Brain

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New moms often remark that they've got "baby brain," a new way of thinking that seems to accompany pregnancy and childbirth. New research suggests they're right.

Pot Use in Pregnancy on the Upswing, Study Finds

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana use by pregnant women in the United States is up significantly since the early 2000s, a new study finds.

Used Safely, Donor Breast Milk Can Help Preemie Babies

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny preemies can benefit from donated breast milk -- if it's given in the hospital with proper safety measures, a leading pediatricians' group says.

MRI Helps Assess Fetal Brain Abnormalities: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A follow-up MRI scan after a mid-pregnancy ultrasound could help improve diagnosis of a possible fetal brain abnormality, a new British study reports.

FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated or lengthy use -- longer than three hours -- of general anesthetic and sedation drugs may harm the developing brains of fetuses and children younger than 3 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

Birth Defects From Zika More Far-Reaching Than Thought

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika's ability to damage the infant brain may be even more far-reaching and insidious than previously thought, two new studies suggest.

Health Tip: Avoid Useless Calories During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- While you're pregnant, it's important to eat nutritious foods and to avoid extra calories.

Study Shows How Zika Attacks Infant Brain

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research paints a chilling portrait of how Zika ravages the infant brain.